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Special Response Team

 Sheriff's Office Special Response Team vehicle

Special Responsce Team with gas masks and guns drawn Special Response Team entering building

 Special Response Team member wearing gas mask with gun drawnSpecial Response Team on Shooting Range Special Response Team members with guns drawn
 Special Response Team member shooting at a targetSpecial Response Team members entering a house Special Response Team member looking around corner of a building

Swat Team Member walking through field with guns drawn 

The Special Response Team (SRT) provides the Sheriff of Craighead County with a team capable of providing an enhanced response to developed threats in their area of responsibility within minutes of initial notifications.

The Special Response Team is a specially trained team of Sheriff's Deputies equipped to isolate, contain, gather information for, and if necessary neutralize special threats.

Recognizing that the presence of a highly trained, highly skilled police tactical unit has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, police officers and subject, and recognizing that a well managed team response to critical incidents usually results in successful resolution of critical incidents, it is the intent of the Craighead County Sheriff's Special Response Team to provide a highly trained and skilled tactical team.

The mission of the Special Response Team is to support agencies with tactical response to critical incidents. Critical incidents are defined as, but not limited to:

  • Attempted suicide/armed
  • Barricaded subject(s)
  • Hostage situations
  • High-risk apprehension
  • High-risk warrant service
  • Personal protection
  • Special assignments

The following are some of the more recent examples of SWAT team situations that were resolved through extensive training and specialized equipment.

Special Response MRAP vehicle driving down the road

MRAP is used in crisis negotiations with active shooter on A-State Campus during a multijurisdictional maneuver. Click here to read more.

Special Response Team MRAP vehicle pulling into drivewaySpecial Response Team MRAP Vehicle approaching house

SWAT is called to Lepanto for a hostage situation that resulted in a six hour standoff. Click here and here to read more.